1 killed, 4 in­jured in knife at­tack in Paris

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

A knife-wield­ing as­sailant killed one per­son and in­jured four oth­ers in a lively neigh­bor­hood near the Paris Opera be­fore he was killed by po­lice Satur­day night. The Is­lamic State group claimed the at­tacker as one of its “sol­diers.”

Coun­tert­er­ror­ism author­i­ties took charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron vowed that France would not bow to ex­trem­ists de­spite be­ing the tar­get of mul­ti­ple deadly at­tacks in re­cent years.

Paris po­lice of­fi­cers evac­u­ated peo­ple from some build­ings in the Right Bank neigh­bor­hood af­ter the at­tack, which hap­pened on Rue Mon­signy about 9 p.m. Bar pa­trons and opera-go­ers de­scribed sur­prise and con­fu­sion in the im­me­di­ate area.

The Is­lamic State group’s Amaq News Agency said in a state­ment early Sun­day that the as­sailant car­ried out the at­tack in re­sponse to the group’s calls for supporters to tar­get mem­bers of the U.S.-led mil­i­tary coali­tion squeez­ing the ex­trem­ists out of Iraq and Syria.

The Amaq state­ment did not pro­vide ev­i­dence for its claim or de­tails on the as­sailant’s iden­tity.

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